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The Best Pizza in 16 Miami 'Hoods

Published On 01/27/2015 Published On 01/27/2015
JAVIER RAMIREZ

We've already told you about the best pizzas in Miami, and Miami's best new pizzas, and about cool new places to get pizza, but what did we actually learn from all that? Well, that Miami's got some pretty sweet 'za options, obviously, but it's still a pain to pick the best pie near you. If only someone picked the best pizza in every Miami 'hood. Oh, wait...

Apizza Brooklyn resto + vino

Pinecrest

Apizza Brooklyn (address and info)
What you're getting: The Neapolitan-style Grandma’s Favorite OR the New York-style Kitchen Sink
If your ass is indecisive, you’re in luck because they have both Neapolitan-style pizza AND New York-style pizza on the menu. Try the former w/ Portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, and no sauce (?!), and the latter w/... well, everything on it.
 

Lantana

Pizzeria Oceano (address and info)
What you're getting: The Mustard Greens
Lantana is far enough away from Miami to be considered a mini vacation, but it doesn’t stop die-hard fanatics from trekking to Oceano for badass pies with fresh ingredients, which change almost daily, so score this pie w/ aged provolone, mozzarella, garlic, pecorino, and gaeta olives while you can.

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South Miami

The Big Cheese (address and info)
What you're getting: The Big Cheese Delight
This busy US-1 spot offers wacky options like albacore tuna, clams, and mussels, and a pie called The Miami Slice w/ sweet baked ham, creamy ricotta cheese & pineapple topped with cinnamon; but its titular 'za gets the nod 'cause it comes w/ mozzarella, ricotta, Parmesan, provolone, and extra cheese.

Two Brothers

Kendall

Two Brothers Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: Romana w/ anchovies, olives & buffalo mozzarella
There isn’t much going on in Kendall, we know; but there is this classic spot run by real Italians that has standard pizza toppings and sticks to the Big Night school of décor. For those who live out there, this is your saving grace. Now, if they only had delivery…

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Westchester

Frankie’s Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: Tomato & Cheese
Around since 1955, this mom-and-pop favorite is celebrating its 60th anniversary this February. This tiny restaurant has no tables and is strictly take-out, but they make-up for it by always including an extra slice of their cheese-heavy square-cut pizza on top of your box so you can start eating immediately.
 

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Doral

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: Italian sausage & sweet peppers
In the world of Doral’s chain restaurants, this one’s top dog. We’re all about the smoky thin crust from the wood-fired brick oven pizza that sometimes leaves a layer of leftover charcoal dust on the crust. The Italian sausage with sweet peppers is a must here, very old-school Italian-American.

Stanzione 87

Brickell

Stanzione 87 (address and info)
What you're getting: The Tartufo
Brick oven pizza in 50 seconds or less? Yes, please. Especially when their topping it with luxurious ingredients like cream, black truffle, porcini mushroom, fresh mozzarella & white truffle oil.

La Locanda South Beach Miami

SoFi

La Locanda (address and info)
What you're getting: The Bismark
This local favorite holds its own against big hitters like Tongue & Cheek, Siena Tavern, and Red, The Steakhouse, mostly thanks to 'za that you can get with creative toppings like hot dogs, but which we prefer w/ tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham & a sunny-side-up egg.

Javier Ramirez

South Beach

Lucali (address and info)
What you're getting: Margherita
The menu is limited, but this Brooklyn transplant is so good that we don’t mind spending $30 per pie, even if we can only get mushrooms, red peppers, onions, shallots, hot peppers, pepperoni, garlic, or basil on 'em.

Justin Namon/Proof Pizza & Pasta

Midtown

Proof Pizza & Pasta (address and info)
What you're getting: Fennel sausage w/ tomatoes, broccoli rabe & mozzarella
This newcomer became an instant success, despite a small pizza list, by offering next-level ingredients; pie options include the aforementioned fennel joint, and a bone marrow number w/ parsley gremolata, roasted garlic & capers. Plus you can wash 'em all down with brews from Funky Buddha and Cigar City.

Harry’s Pizzeria

Design District

Harry’s Pizzeria (address and info)
What you're getting: Rock Shrimp w/ lemon, Manchego & scallion
From the geniuses behind Michael’s Genuine, this 'za spot does everything from a warm Brussels sprout & stracciatella salad, to a famously delicious chocolate cookie for dessert, but the pizza’s what you’re here for, and the Rock Shrimp is this spot's claim to fame (though FYI, the Short Rib is a close second).

Ironside Pizza

Little River

Ironside Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: The Diavola (tomato, fresh mozzarella, salami, and pepperoncini oil)
This low-key neighborhood is about to blow up, and the boys behind Toscana Divino are ahead of the game thanks to this artsy slice spot. In true Neapolitan-style, the thin pizza is chewy in all the right places and best topped w/ tomato, fior di latte, salami & pepperoncini oil. Go before everyone else finds out about it.

FLICKR/La Piazza Pizzeria

North Miami

Steve’s Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: Plain slice
Hi Steve. Your cheap-as-hell, thin crust, greasy slices and pies are awesome. We also love the no-frills attitude and paper plates. Never change.

Kings County Pizza

Aventura

Kings County Pizza (address and info)
What you're getting: Pepperoni
Not only is this pizza the ultimate greasy New York-style standby, but it’s also close to King of Diamonds, which means you won't be going home completely unsatisfied after a night at one of Miami's best strip clubs. As long as you haven't spent ALL your money, obviously.

Thrillist

Oakland Park

D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar and Tapas (address and info)
What you're getting: The Cremona
Wood-fired, thin-crust pizza (our favorite's topped w/ pear, pancetta, Gorgonzola, figs & mozzarella) and some badass wines make this the perfect date spot: The former makes you enjoy the fact you don't have abs like the R&B singer this spots named after, and a few too many of that latter will make her think you do.
 

Fort Lauderdale

Primanti Bros. (address and info)
What you're getting: Cheese pizza by the slice
They are best known for their ridiculous sandwiches stuffed with French fries and slaw, but their pizzas are good too, and they're so big they are worthy of fork and knife. Take a cue from the sandwich and add some fries to your pizza.
 
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1. Apizza Brooklyn Resto + Vino 9515 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156 (Pinecrest)

This Pinecrest pizza-centric Italian offers the best of both worlds, by which we mean it serves both Neapolitan and New York style pies. Apizza's owner was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and he's doing a damn good job of bringing that homestyle New York Italian vibe to Miami. The menu is filled with comforting dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, carbonara, and baked ziti, plus entrees like chicken parm. You probably won't be able to decide between pizza and pasta, so you might as well get both.

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2. Pizzeria Oceano 201 E Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 33462

Lantana is far enough away from Miami to be considered a mini vacation, but it doesn’t stop die-hard fanatics from trekking to Oceano for badass pies with fresh ingredients, which change almost daily.

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3. The Big Cheese 8080 SW 67th Ave, Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

This busy US-1 spot offers wacky options like albacore tuna, clams, and mussels, and a pie called The Miami Slice w/ sweet baked ham, creamy ricotta cheese, and pineapple topped with cinnamon.

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4. Two Brothers Pizza 13740 SW 84th St, Miami, FL 33183 (Kendall)

There isn’t much going on in Kendall, we know. But there is this classic spot run by real Italians that has standard pizza toppings and sticks to the Big Night school of décor. For those who live out there, this is your saving grace. Now, if they only had delivery…

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5. Frankie's Pizza 9118 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33156

This tiny restaurant has no tables and is strictly take-out, but they make-up for it by always including an extra slice of their cheese-heavy square-cut pizza on top of your box so you can start eating immediately.

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6. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza 2801 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

In the world of Doral’s chain restaurants, this one’s top dog. We’re all about the smoky thin crust from the wood-fired brick oven pizza that sometimes leaves a layer of leftover charcoal dust on the crust. The Italian sausage with sweet peppers is a must here, very old-school Italian-American.

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7. Stanzione 87 87 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

Brickell's Stanzione 87 serves up authentic Neapolitan pies that take less than a minute to cook in the wood-burning oven. The mozzarella is made in-house and the rest of the essential ingredients are imported from Italy, so the pizza is as close to source as you can get in Miami. The space is pretty small -- with only about 40 or so seats at small marble tables -- but a glass-walled open kitchen offers quite the pizza-making entertainment. It's a pretty solid take-out option, too.

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8. La Locanda 413 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Every city has a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant run by actual Italians that serves amazing food at half the price and twice the flavor than its competitors. In South Beach, that restaurant is La Locanda. Not only does the extensive menu make you feel like you're in Italy, but the thin-crust pizzas are beyond comapre. They're topped with ingredients you never knew tasted so good on pizza, like hot dogs and fried eggs.

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9. Lucali 1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Coming to South Beach straight from Brooklyn, Lucali is a local hotspot for those craving brick-oven pizza and calzones. Mark Iacono's pizza palace makes massive 22in pies with fresh-made mozzarella and an entire basil plant on every pizza. It can cost a little more than one might expect, but for a restaurant meal in Miami, it's still one hell of a deal.

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10. Proof Pizza & Pasta 3328 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Midtown)

If you’re not so into culinary ateliers and more into, well, pizza, you’ll love this Neapolitan pizza and pasta joint. Justin Flit of DBGB and Bourbon Steak is slinging pies like the Oxtail Mozzarella with black garlic, thyme, and caramelized onions.

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11. Harry's Pizzeria 3918 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL (Design District)

If you're looking for a standard plain slice, Harry's is not your place. But if you're looking for Michael Schwartz to transform ordinary pizza into unique new creations, go here where they're dishing pies like the Oyster Mushroom, Slow-Roasted Pork, and MGFD Bacon -- all of which will not disappoint.

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12. Ironside Pizza 7580 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138

This casual pizza joint graces the “should we really be parking here” hipster ‘hood west of MiMo. They're dishing out wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, like the Diavola, with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and spicy salami.

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13. Steve's Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33181 (North Miami)

Steve's has been slinging arguably some of the best New York-style pizza in the 305 since the '70s. The no-frills North Miami parlor has a crazy long menu of pizza (available by the slice or by the pie) and casual Italian basics like hot and cold subs, pasta dinners, and wing appetizers. The best thing about the pizza, aside from its thin crust, fresh ingredients, and perfect amount of cheese, is that it's cheap and served on paper plates, just like in the Big Apple.

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14. Kings County Pizza 18228 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160 (Aventura)

Not only is this pizza the ultimate greasy New York-style standby, but it’s also close to King of Diamonds, which means you won't be going home completely unsatisfied after a night at one of Miami's best strip clubs. As long as you haven't spent ALL your money, obviously.

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15. D'Angelo Pizza/Tapas 4215 N. Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308 (Fort Lauderdale)

The chiller little bro of the famed Casa D'Angelo spots in Boca and Ft. Laudy, D'Angelo serves traditional Italian light fare (much of it cooked in a wood-burning oven) and tapas in a clean, narrow space with a wine bar and TVs showing vids about Italian

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16. Primanti Bros 901 N Atlantic Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Fort Lauderdale)

It started with a Pittsburgh sandwich cart in the 1930's, but today the Primanti Bros barstaurant's got 20 locations and's "Home to the Almost Famous Sandwich".

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